Jun 8 2012

Sponsorship helps families afford school, part 2

Last week we blogged about Rachel in Kenya, who received a school uniform through money saved from sponsorship benefits.

Providing children with the required uniform, books and supplies does not guarantee they will learn. The quality of the school has a significant impact on the child’s education.

Manjula lives in the Rasulpura slum in Hyderabad, India, with her two children. Her 12-year-old daughter, Aarthi, is sponsored through CFCA’s Hope for a Family program. Manjula earns about $60 a month as a maid.

Aarthi, her brother and her mother

Aarthi with her mother, Manjula, and her brother, Sai, outside their home in Hyderabad, India.

She has switched Aarthi to a different school twice because of overcrowded classrooms. One class of Aarthi’s had 60 schoolchildren.

“It became very difficult for the children to follow the class,” Manjula said. “There was no personal attention towards the children.”

Manjula uses Aarthi’s sponsorship funds to help pay the higher school fees at Aarthi’s current school.

“It is a better school in our locality,” Manjula said. “Each class is in a separate room. Benches are there. Teachers are also good.”

Like CFCA projects in Kenya, the Hyderabad project deposits sponsorship funds into a child account. Parents decide how to use the funds with oversight from their CFCA social worker.

CFCA sponsorship can impact other siblings in the family, too. Because Aarthi is sponsored, Manjula belongs to a CFCA mothers group. She borrowed money from her group’s collective savings program to send her son to school.

0 thoughts on “Sponsorship helps families afford school, part 2”

  1. Is there any way sponsors could send school supplies that are so abundant and cheap here to the CFCA headquarters in Kansas and they be delivered to the local projects or is this something that donating to the project funds would help? I would hate to think that these families are spending what little money they have on pencils and notebooks. I also understand that part of the goal is to end the cycle of poverty which making a budget for every need would do and that depending on a donation that might not always be there could lead to issues down the road

    1. Thank you for your blog comment. We truly appreciate your care and support, and for thinking of our organization.

      For those sponsored friends who are school age, one of the benefits they receive from the program is school supplies. Where possible, our projects will try to purchase school supplies locally in bulk to save on the cost of the items.

      If you would like to do so, you can send small school supplies to your sponsored friend, such as pencils or thin notebooks, using the mailing labels provided by CFCA. We ask that such items be able to fit into a 9x12x1-inch envelope and weigh a pound or less.

      Unfortunately, because of the tremendous cost of shipping items overseas, material donations are not something that our international projects can accept. Once packages arrive to the country of destination, they encounter extravagant customs fees that the staff cannot provide, and the means of transportation are usually limited as well.

      We thank you for your care and support of the children and aging we serve.

      ~Jordan K., Sponsor Services

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